I've been interested in this for 8 years now with varying degrees of success. It's much easier to do when you're either sleep deprived or after
waking up and 30-60min later going back to sleep. W.I.L.D makes for the best and most memorable experiences.
For those of you who think you don't dream, when you wake up spend about 5-10min in bed, moving as little as possible, trying to remember where you
just were and what you were doing. This is the type of work you need to do to remember your dreams. Hell, you could have had a fully lucid dream where
you were talking to aliens. If you don't attempt to recall your dreams it will go forgotten. It's not entirely necessary to write your dream down,
just do the act of recalling after you wake up. If you get up and go to brush your teeth without thinking about it, it's very likely you would by
that point have no way of remembering already.
Once you start to venture out into the lucid dream world, you'll very quickly realize it's not easy. You may realize it is a matrix of your mind and
you can bend any rule, but you wont be Neo by any means right off the bat. You'll also see that if you get tooo excited, the world will fall apart
before your eyes into blackness and now feel yourself lying in bed.
I know how hard it is NOT to get excited but you need to do your best to just observe at first. When you become lucid, don't think about what you
want to do or what you can do, I suggest let the dream continue as it was. Don't try and change your environment all at once either, if you desire to
be in a certain place, use a door! Imagine a door behind you, turn around and imagine the other side being your desired location. Doors have been an
extremely useful tool for me to navigate. If your environment changes before your eyes, it's likely to become unstable and you wake up. Also, if
you're a person who hasn't had much luck with the opposite sex, going too fast into it will also likely end up in you waking up. Take it slow, take
in the sensation of touch, sound, sight, it all seems so real and with VIVID colors.
If you should find your world starting to destablilize, I suggest moving your eyes side to side as fast as you can, for some reason I've found it
very effective in stopping what I know would have been me wakeing up. Other methods are looking at your hands, spinning, trying to focus (but not
close enough to read fine print) but the first method mentioned has helped me the most.
As far as getting yourself lucid, I've heard of methods such as "reality checks", whenever you preform a certain task during the day, think to
yourself "is this real?". The idea is that it becomes routine and if that same task comes up in a dream you automaticly do a reality check and find
things arn't quite the same this time. The most luck I had with this was doing a reality check whenever I was at school or work since the two
locations appeared in my dreams more than I wanted, lol. A task like turing on the light switch and thinking "is this real?" has helped others but
it didn't work so great for me.
Now, I don't use any method per se, i've just become more receptive to when I am dreaming. I have lucid dreams almost every night now, usually not
the whole dream being lucid but going in and out of the lucid realization. I'm STILL working on keeping things stable, how to break down these
barriers my mind puts up on what I can and can't do. If you ever doubt yourself, like say you were flying and now you want to show your friend, if
you think for a second you might not be able to do it, you wont. Or something else will go wrong. You have to realize you can in fact do anything you
can imagine and that's not an easy thing to do.
Well i'm going to stop now before I pump out a small novel, lol, hope someone can use some of my experience for the best in their lucid journies!